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US says Russia 'responsible' for spy attack in Britain

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The said today that was "responsible" for a attack on a former Russian in England, and urged the to hold accountable.

"The believes that is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom, using a military-grade nerve agent," US told an emergency council meeting.

The March 4 attack in the English city of left ex-and his daughter in critical condition.

US had pressed to provide answers but did not suggest that had a hand in the attempted murder.

As one of the council's five permanent members, Russia is entrusted by the with upholding international peace and security, Haley said.

"It must account for its actions."

"If we don't take immediate, concrete measures to address this now, will not be the last place we see use."

Britain called the emergency meeting to rally support in its standoff with Russia over the attack that British said was "state-sponsored."

"We ask you today to stand by us," Allen told the council.

"This was a reckless and indiscriminate act that put at risk the lives of civilians."

has denied any involvement in the attack using the Novichok, which was developed by the and later inherited by Russia.

UN earlier said the use of a was "unacceptable" and called for a thorough investigation.

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First Published: Thu, March 15 2018. 02:05 IST